"Kramnik Advised Me to Participate in Candidates'"

Время публикации: 30.03.2014 01:34 | Последнее обновление: 30.03.2014 02:46

Vishy Anand wins Candidates' and tries to forget last four years of his career

"I really hesitated before making a decison," Vishy, the challenger told at the press conference. "Honestly, I made a mistake when announced I would take time to think about it. I had to say directly "I am participating" and then in case of changing mind just put the invitation down. I set aside the decision, because I wanted to make it consciously. I needed some time to recover.

The story happened at London Chess Classics Rapid comes to my mind. Kramnik lost a silly game against Nakamura and despite the fact that the day before Vladimir defeated me, I decided to cheer him up and invited him for the dinner. At the dinner it turned the way around, rather he was comforting me. He was asking why I hesitated playing at Candidates' and his support really helped me to make this decision."

That's how the not expected come back happened. 

By the end of the 13th round, Sergey Karjakin was the only GM maintaining chances to catch Anand. 

Karjakin, "I focused to fight today. My opening choice wasn't ambitious but I meen we maintained the board full of pieces." 

Anand, "That's funny: I've been considering Aronian as the nearest rival through the competition. Several days ago I suddenly found out that Karjakin and Svidler also could catch me. As long as they are my rivals in the last two rounds, the point lead might not have been enough...

...I was surprised by Sergey's choice - 13.Qxc6. I didn't even consider that move - I didn't think it could work. Maybe I made a mistake by playing 13...Qa5. I might have played 13...Ra5 or 13...Ra7 instead..."

In any case White maintained an extra pawn, while Carlsen who by that time joined the live commentating didn't predict an easy life for Anand. He was right, although Karjakin didn't always follow the world champion's "recommendations".

Finally, there was an endgame rook vs. bishop and knight. According to Karjakin the position was close to winning, but he blundered on 48th move: 


48.g4? h4. It turned out that White can't improve with such pawn structure. If the bishop and knight get to g5-pawn, Black manages to exchange the pieces and proceed to a drawn pawn endgame. In other scenario white king is unable to hide from the rook, taking into account that it should keep watching after the h passed pawn. 

Karjakin, "I wanted to force win and made a mistake when calculating the pawn endgame." 

Anand confidently drew and then answered on several questions at the press conference: 

"Saying that the win here is important for me is saying nothing.
Did I show my best play in four years here? I try not to recall those years... I am happy with the outcome. I didn't know what to expect from myself before the competition."  

Karjakin, "This was an unusual competition. A round to go only Vishy is in plus and others either having a minus score or stuck in 50%. Apparently, seven people were not in their best form and only one reached that best shape."

Anand, "Amazing! Last year four players had +4 and two +2 one round to go. It's strikingly surprising that now only one participant is in plus. It may be explained with a high tension: just too many mini-matches finished 1-1...

...Doing sports is useful for your health in any case and I am doing exercises not only before the tournaments and matches, but also in everyday life. I didn't do sports regularly during this competition, only on weekends. Overall, I am inspired by my tomorrow's opponents - Svidler, I may think of losing some weight..." 

[Event "FIDE Candidates 2014"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2014.03.29"] [Round "13.2"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2766"] [BlackElo "2770"] [ECO "D30"] [Opening "Queen's gambit declined"] [EventDate "2014.03.13"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Be7 5. b3 O-O 6. Bb2 c5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. dxc5 Nd7 9. c6 bxc6 10. Nbd2 a5 11. e4 N5f6 12. Qc2 a4 13. Qxc6 Qa5 14. Qxa4 Qxa4 15. bxa4 Nc5 16. Bb5 Nxa4 17. Bd4 Bd7 18. Bxd7 Nxd7 19. Ke2 Nac5 20. Rhc1 Ra4 21. Rc2 Rfa8 22. Rac1 Rxa2 23. Rxc5 Bxc5 24. Bxc5 Rc8 25. Ba3 Rxc1 26. Bxc1 Nc5 27. Ke3 f6 28. Nd4 e5 29. Ne2 h5 30. h3 Kf7 31. Nc3 Rc2 32. Ne2 Ra2 33. h4 g6 34. g3 Ke6 35. f3 Kf7 36. Nc3 Rc2 37. Ne2 Ra2 38. Nb1 Nb3 39. Nbc3 Ra1 40. Bb2 Rf1 41. Nd5 Na5 42. Nb6 Rb1 43. Bc3 Rxb6 44. Bxa5 Rb3+ 45. Bc3 g5 46. hxg5 fxg5 47. Kf2 Rb5 48. g4 h4 49. Ng1 Rc5 50. Bd2 Rc2 51. Ke2 Ra2 52. Nh3 Kg6 53. Kd3 Rb2 54. Ke3 Rb3+ 55. Ke2 Rb2 56. Kd1 Rb3 57. Ke2 Rb2 58. Kd3 Ra2 59. Nf2 Ra3+ 60. Bc3 Ra2 61. Ke3 Ra3 62. Kd2 Ra2+ 63. Ke1 Kf6 64. Kf1 Ra3 65. Nd1 Ke6 66. Kg2 Rb3 67. Ba5 Ra3 68. Bb6 Ra2+ 69. Nf2 Kf6 70. Kh3 Ra3 71. Kg2 Ra2 72. Bd8+ Kg6 73. Be7 Rb2 74. Bc5 Rc2 75. Bd6 Kf6 76. Kf1 Rc1+ 77. Kg2 Rc2 78. Bb4 Rb2 79. Ba5 Ra2 80. Bd8+ Kg6 81. Be7 Rb2 82. Bc5 Kf6 83. Kg1 Rb1+ 84. Kh2 Rb3 85. Kg2 Rb2 86. Ba3 Ra2 87. Bb4 Rb2 88. Be1 h3+ 89. Kf1 h2 90. Nh1 Rb1 91. Ke2 1/2-1/2

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Last round will start at 10:00 CET. 


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